Art experts including Saatchi Art, Opera gallery and Whitechapel; the RCA, Affordable Art Fair and Fine Art Society, have hailed the talent and ‘bright futures’ of entrants in a new student art competition.
Collectors and buyers who want to get in early, can bid for the work of these ‘stars of the future’ at an online auction at from November 23rd. The work will be exhibited at The Strand Gallery November 23rd until December 6th.
The UpStArt competition launched this year to give sixth formers in Greater London a chance to show their work beyond the classroom. The inspiration for the competition came from St Paul’s School pupils, sisters Natasha and Isabella Tagliaferri.
A panel of almost 40 expert judges, from across the art world, selected the finalists. Judges included artists Nick Walker, Nick and Rob Carter; deans from the major London art colleges - from Mark Dunhill at Central St Martins to Dr Paul Thompson, Rector at the Royal College of Art - plus gallery directors and curators, such as Rebecca Wilson at Saatchi Art, and Sam Chatterton Dickson from the Lisson Gallery. Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and John Hay, the commissioning editor for Channel 4 arts programming were also on the panel.
Art dealer Jeff Salmon (and presenter of Channel 4’s Four Rooms), will choose one of the three winners. He said: “I am truly impressed by the standard of entries from these young artists.
As an art dealer, it is very exciting to see such obvious talent. Time will tell, but I think UpStArt may indeed have achieved its aim in finding 'ones to watch'.
For collectors, or simply someone looking to buy art for their own home, the online auction is a great opportunity to own an early work by a potential star of the future.”
As well the Judges’ winner, chosen by Jeff Salmon, there will be a ‘People’s Choice’, chosen by an online public vote and an Auction winner - the artwork that raises the most in auction.
Rebecca Wilson, chief curator at Saatchi Art and one of the judges , said "‘Looking at the high standard of entries that have come in, the innovation and talent these young artists are showing is so exciting to see and bodes well for bright futures."
Jean-David Malat, director of Opera Art Gallery and one of the competition sponsors, said: “The passionate creativity of the young artists who have entered has impressed all the judges and, just as importantly, it has given these talented youngsters an opportunity to showcase their abilities to leading figures from the UK art scene. As a gallery director it is exciting to see their work now, raw and full of the potential we hope many will go on to fulfil.”
The proceeds from the auction will be split between the artists and the anti-hate charity the Anne Frank Trust, the charity whose schoolchildren ‘ambassadors’ combat prejudice and discrimination among all ethnic and social groups.
The prizes include £500 cash from Opera Gallery, £500 from Landview Properties, £500 Cass Art vouchers and work experience at UK Greetings.  For the winning schools, there are masterclasses with graffiti artist Nick Walker, Beano artist Kev F and graphic novelist Sarah Lightman.

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Notes to editors:
How it started –
Natasha and Isabella Tagliaferri are the sisters (and schoolgirls) who had the initial idea for a school art competition that would raise money for an anti-charity charity. They took the initiative and approached the Anne Frank Trust; the idea has since grown into a London-wide competition.
About The Anne Frank Trust -
On her 13th birthday Anne Frank was given a diary in which she recorded her thoughts and feelings before and whilst in hiding. Following Anne's death in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, her father, Otto Frank, chose to publish her diary in order to help challenge the hatred that had killed his daughters.
Founded in 1990, the Anne Frank Trust UK uses Anne's life and inspirational message as an anchor to educate people about damage caused by all forms of prejudice and discrimination. The Trust enters the lives of young people across the country when they are likely to be at their most vulnerable and impressionable and imbues in them the importance of positive attitudes, personal responsibility and respect for others. They do this through educational projects in schools, prisons and communities across the UK.
‘Saatchi Art is thrilled to be supporting emerging artists through UpStArt. It is often this freedom of expression at a young age that can spark the next wave of innovation so it's vital that young people are encouraged to be creative from an early age.’
Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator, Saatchi Art
‘Opera Gallery is delighted to be associated with UpStArt and the Anne Frank Trust, to help inspire young artists and develop their careers; as well as support a message of hope and tolerance towards the youth’
Jean-David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery
‘Landview properties are delighted to help young artists and to support the Anne Frank Trust in promoting respect and tolerance for all.’
Scott Franklin, Managing Director of Landview Properties
'Ivan Massow is delighted to be associated with UpStArt and the Anne Frank Trust, to help nurture young artists, as well as promoting tolerance at a community level.'
Ivan Massow (former chair of the ICA)
'In all its forms, Art supports the human enterprise in an endless negotiation between the world as it appears to be and the world of our ideal imagining. In this respect alone, it cannot fail to be life enhancing. City & Guilds Art School is happy to identify its own values with those of UpStArt 2014.’
Tony Carter, Principal of City & Guilds of London Art School


Media Judges

Broadcasters & Art Critics
Philip Edgar-Jones, Sky Arts TV
John Hay, Channel 4 TV
Jeff Salmon, Channel 4’s Four Rooms
David Lee, The Jackdaw

Gallery Judges, Directors & Curators

Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art
Sam Chatterton Dickson, Lisson
Jean-David Malat, Opera
Selina Levinson, Whitechapel
Megan Piper, Megan Piper

Art Institution Judges

Department Heads & Chairs
Henrietta Hine, Courtauld
Kate Bryan, Fine Art Society
Ivan Massow, ICA (previously)

Art Charity Judges, Chief Execs, Founders & Directors (who are also collectors & artists)

Tony Heaton OBE, Shape Arts
John Michael Mouskos, Art for Life 
Sorrel Hershberg, Sorrell Foundation

Art Consultant Judges, Senior Art Lawyers,Art Advisors & Art PR

Karen Sanig, Mishcon de Reya
Leanne Deyong, Harper Deyong
John Harper, Harper Deyong
Ben Austin, Fluff PR

Art Fair Judges, Fair MD & Directors

Nicky Wheeler &
Romy Westwood,
Affordable Art Fair

Artist Judges, Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Digital Artists, Graffiti Artists, Graphic Novelists, Writers & Cartoonists

Nick Gentry
Bip Ling
Tanya Ling
Nick Walker
Rob Carter
Nick Carter
Sarah Lightman (Laydeez do Comics)
Kev F (The Beano & Marvel)

Art College Judges, Rectors, Deans, Principals, Professors, Lecturers & Heads of Art

Paul Thompson, RCA
Mark Dunhill, St Martins
Susan Collins, Slade
Simon Betts, Wimbledon
Nick Gorse, Camberwell
Tony Carter, City & Guilds
Lawrence Zeegen, LCC
Martin Newth, Chelsea
Dr Richard Noble, Goldsmiths

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The Winners and the Finalists can be viewed at the Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, WC2N 6BP, open 11am – 6pm, until 6 December.

With thanks to Natasha & Isabella Tagliaferri, Simon & Alison Ryde and…

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